Porter Moser is set to leave his post as head coach of the Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball program. He will assume the same position for the Oklahoma Sooners next season. The news was first reported by Loyola grad Shams Charania.
Moser finished his career at Loyola with a 188-140 (.573) record over his 10 seasons at the Rogers Park-based university. While Loyola struggled initially under Moser, recording losing records in each of his first three seasons, the Ramblers finished 24-13 in his fourth season, the most wins in a single season in 30 years.
But, it wasn’t until the 2017-18 season that Moser and his Loyola Ramblers became household names. On the backs of a media frenzy surrounding Sister Jean and a pair of buzzer-beaters, Moser led the Ramblers on a Cinderella run to the Final Four in 2018, becoming just the third #11 seed to do so. Loyola eventually lost to Michigan in the national semifinal.
A couple of decent seasons were sandwiched between that magical Final Four run and Loyola’s most recent NCAA tournament appearance, which resulted in Moser’s second Sweet Sixteen appearance as Loyola head coach. The Ramblers even beat in-state rival and #1 seed Illinois along the way. However, there was no Final Four run to be had, this time losing to #12 seed Oregon State.
Moser replaces the legendary Lon Kruger, who decided to retire after leading Oklahoma to a #9 seed and a second round finish in this year’s tournament. Oklahoma is set to lose two of their starters from this season including Austin Reaves, who led the team in points, rebounds, and assists per game.